There are substantial parallelisms between teaching, coaching, and personal training. These three fields, which constitute nearly all of my time, seem to work as catalysts for one another. The skills I use to be an effective teacher are the same ones I employ to be an effective coach. Likewise, with personal training.
One of the principles I always preach to my students, athletes, and clients is the concept of pride. Pride is a pretty diverse word. It can be subjective in nature and our understanding of the word varies depending on our individual experiences. For me, the word pride isn’t necessary a just a word, but more importantly a habitual way of life.
Pride is often times directly correlated with success. In essence, this is where the habitual nature of the word tends to manifest itself. Successful people are largely successful in a multitude of ways (e.g. professionally, socially, financially, etc.). This success is predicated on their ability to generalize the word pride and apply it to everything that they do. Pride isn’t an “on/off” switch. Pride is something ever-present or always absent.
This simple word is so imperative. If I could give one piece of advice to any individual looking to be successful, it would be to have pride and show it in everything they do. This is a lifestyle change that needs coupled with constant reminders in order to become a habit. I frequently remind myself to have pride in everything I do, even the most trivial of tasks. I try to take pride in the way I dress at work. I take pride in the way I eat and address my health. I take pride in the way I teach, and try to do so to the best of my ability. If I’m vacuuming my living room, you better believe I’m taking pride in that and making it the most pristine carpet you’ve ever had the pleasure of stepping your grotesque toes on! If you’re able to have pride in everything that you do, you’ll ultimately find enormous amounts of success.
That’s the primary characteristic that separates our student populace from the rest of the Valley. Our kids here at Beaver Local are prideful and conduct themselves accordingly. The amount of school spirit we have is unparalleled. The encouragement between athletic teams is unmatched. Moreover, the pride we take in how we conduct ourselves within the community is enough to keep me coming to work every morning. I am humbled and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such great students. The integrity and pride of our students are not only a testament to effective leadership but also indicative of the closeness of our Beaver Local family.
– Coach D
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